The people behind the Skills Show…Construction Lecturer, Ashlee Scinocco

How long have you been involved with WorldSkills Australia?

I was involved with World skills since2013, in the Cabinet/Furniture making department we regularly hold in-house world skills competitions. I have also been actively involved and worked at the Skills West Expo for the past 5-6 years at the Try’aTrade stand.

Do you have a background in trades of skills?

I am a qualified Cabinet/Furniture Maker by trade specialising in solid timber and custom made furniture.

What inspired you to volunteer with WorldSkills Australia?

To be able to share the passion of my trade as well as to encourage, drive, mentor, coach and assist highly skilled apprentices so they can demonstrate the skills and abilities of their trade would be something out of this world to me!

When you tell others you are going to volunteer at a trades & skills event, what do they say or ask?

People outside of my work and trade circles are extremely curious about WorldSkills is. It is good to be able to promote what it’s all about to these people as there is always a positive reception from them once they know. They also agree with my opinion that there should be more promotion and support from local and national governments not only for WorldSkills but for the future of trade – our young, skilled apprentices and trainees, apprenticeships and traineeships!

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

In 2008, I was named the Western Australian Apprentice of the Year which was an amazing opportunity and opened a lot of doors for me including going to Darwin to represent WA in the Nationals where I was a finalist.

What do you think will change about WorldSkills Australia over the next five years?

I would like to see more timber trades industry support. In fact, more industry and government support for all trades and more recognition of how trades are an integral part of Australia’s future.

As a volunteer, what sorts of trends do you see happening in the skills & trades area in Australia?

Definitely not enough recognition and encouragement for the future young generation. It has been the case for a long time now, even when I was in high school, universities were given much more recognition and promotion and TAFE and trades were seen as the last option. This needs to be changed, because the opportunities the doors that can be opened from doing something you love can’t be beaten! Not to mention the lifelong down to earth friendships of the tradie world you will be given!

What do you do when you aren’t working or volunteering?

Getting out and about, bush walking, riding my push bike, cooking and spending time with my friends and family.